Straight from the "are you serious?" files, a UK man has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drunk behind the wheel of...a toy pink Barbie car.
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Paul Hutton, 40, a former RAF aeronautical engineer, had been tinkering with the battery powered toy car, which he found dumped in another suburb. While changing the gearbox with his son, he downed a few drinks, and then couldn't resist taking it out for a spin.

Quite obviously the urge was strong, because the car has a top speed of 6.4km/h. He was caught twice the legal BAC limit.

“I drove up to the Brooklands and I had to go on the road because there are no pavements “The police pulled up and asked if I was all right", Mr Hutton told the Colchester Gazette. “I’d had a few drinks but I felt fine. I hadn’t spoken to anyone all day - then I found out I couldn’t talk!”

“You have to be some kind of contortionist to get in and then you can’t get out,” he said, revealing you have to drive with your knees under your chin.

“I was very surprised to get done for drink-driving, but I was a twit to say the least,” he admitted.

With the three year driving ban, Colchester magistrates gave Mr Hutton a 12-month conditional discharge.